Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Tale of domestic help and employer opens Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Hong Kong writer-director Oliver Chan hopes that her debut film will inspire people to dream regardless of their circumstances.
Hong Kong writer-director Oliver Chan hopes that her debut film will inspire people to dream regardless of their circumstances.PHOTO: GOLDEN SCENE

Hong Kong writer-director Oliver Chan's debut feature Still Human (2018) may be a fictional tale about the relationship between a Filipina domestic helper and her wheelchair-using employer, but it is rooted in reality.

In fact, the main characters were inspired by a domestic helper and her disabled employer that Chan, 31, had encountered in her neighbourhood around two years ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Tale of domestic help and employer opens Singapore Chinese Film Festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe